The inaugural Walk KidneyWise Los Angeles to raise awareness of chronic kidney disease will be held Sunday, March 7th at

at Ocean View Park, 2701 Barnard Way, Santa Monica.

The fundraising event is planned to introduce KidneyWise as a groundbreaking movement addressing the disturbing statistic that more than 50 million Americans either have chronic kidney disease or are at risk for it, walk organizers said. That includes 1.6 million in Los Angeles County alone facing permanent kidney failure and other serious diseases such as hypertension, obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease, they noted.

“KidneyWise is a nonprofit organization and national movement with a vision to stop chronic kidney disease in its tracks,” says KidneyWise Executive Director Leigh Reynolds. “Our mission unites the strength of millions of Americans affected by chronic kidney disease with the best practices of our nation’s leading organizations to redefine prevention.”

Walk KidneyWise Los Angeles also coincides with the start of National Kidney Month and leads into World Kidney Day and its week-long series of events and seminars beginning March 7th.

Event registration begins at 9 a.m. and the walk kicks off at 10:30 a.m. at Ocean View Park.

Walkers will have the option of a two- or four-mile trek. Both routes will begin going south toward Venice Beach on the Ocean Front walking path. Water stops will line the course.

Four-mile walkers will first go south, then head north one mile and turn around just south of the Santa Monica Pier before heading back to Ocean View Park. For children, there will be a “WiseKids” dash.

“We’re asking every walker to ask 20 friends for $20. Every dollar counts in backing up our mission that chronic kidney disease and associated diseases must end,” Reynolds said.

To register, and for more information,, or

(877) 753-WALK, (877) 753-9255